We believe all new parents should feel confident and supported - wherever they live and whatever their background. But half of parents feel lonely. Help us fund our new service Baby & Me with our big ambition to reach those parents facing hardship and loneliness. No one should parent alone.
Donations open 12:00 AM, 23 November 2019 to 12:00 AM, 6 January 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (801395)
It would be good to have somewhere for new mum's to go where they feel safe to ask for help.
I suffered from social anxiety, so going to groups where I didn't know anyone, would have been really difficult. But the topics you have described may have got me out of the house with my baby. Please do this for other mums like me.
I would have really benefited from the service you have describe. I was desperate to learn more about how to look after this little baby and sometimes I was overwhelmed, not knowing where to turn. Just knowing a weekly group with a focus on baby and me, would have been a real lifeline.
Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest changes. The first two years of a child's life are critical. They develop faster, physically and emotionally, then any other point in their life. But we know that half of parents feel lovely and isolated. One in five women experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. And 8 out of 10 mums stop breastfeeding before they want to, with half saying that didn't receive enough support or information to continue.
To truly make a difference where it is needed most, we want to launch a new service to support parents in most need. Led by our awesome volunteer parents, Baby and me, will be a relaxed and flexible parent and baby group. Based in areas where parents face isolation and hardship. Each session will have an NCT teacher on hand to provide evidence-based information and caring support. Parents will have the chance to forge support networks, so no parent should feel alone.
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